From the President
Happy Spring Fellow Gardeners!
The growing season is now upon us - with Nature providing tantalizingly beautiful sceneries throughout our landscapes and gardens.
Our State Projects Chair is Holly Kocet, of the Garden Club of Newtown,email@example.com, who will be your go between in participating. Contest rules are published in my brochure available upon request, and further details will be posted on our website. In April of 2019 we hope to present a Conservation Championship Award for both garden projects to garden clubs in small, medium, large and extra large club size categories as well as of up to five garden club members with the most impressive Xeriscape garden.
If you've attended our Annual Meeting you were privy to outgoing President Jane Waugh's documentation of her very successful two-year administration - with emphasis on her Oak Tree Project, the Idea Exchange Symposia, her monthly Update to Club Presidents newsletters, as well as our Federation's continuation to sponsor the four Nationally accredited schools of Environmental Studies, Flower Show, Gardening Study and Landscape Design.
With that in mind, let's strive to make the next two years equally successful.
FGCCT Honors Jacqueline Connell
The Harbor Lights Were Shining Brightly at
It might have been frigid outside, but it was warm and wonderful at The Federation's State Flower Show, "Ports of Call," Feb 19-22 at the CT Convention Center in Hartford. Inspired by exotic ports around the world, the Floral Designs were stunning, the Horticulture shimmered and the Photography and Special Exhibits were fascinating. Many, many thanks to Show Chair, Barbara Bruce, and her legions of Exhibitors, Judges, Hostesses and Volunteers. It took much more than a village to put on this visual and fragrant extravaganza. Visitors were transported in their imaginations to dreamy climes around the globe. Congratulations on its grand success to everyone who helped with the show and to all who entered designs, plants, photography and special exhibits-we thank you for the superb adventure.
Left to Right: Becky Paul passing the legacy on to "Ports of Call" Chair, Barbara Bruce; Opening ceremony with Roger Swain; North East Expos President Kristie Gonsalves; FGCCT President Jacqueline Connell and FS Chair Barbara Bruce;
From Left to Right: Club Competition Award: Vignette "Adventures in Africa" by Evergreen GC; President Susan Fisher. Designers Susan Jackson, Sally Whipple. Missing from photo: Joan Merman and Rita Patrello. Section A, Class 3 "Coral Fringed Barbados" by Alice Luster. Designer's Choice Award; Terry Stoleson Creative Design Award; and Award of Design Excellence. Educational Top Exhibitor Award for "The Plight of the Magnificent Monarchs" by Pomperaug Valley GC; Designer Marty Sherman.
From left to Right: CT Photography Award to Susan Berensen for "Vacation Memories." Landscape Design Council Award presented to Creative Contours for Landscape #15.Artistic Crafts Award to Mary Pura, Danbury GC, for "Lei."
Show Committee - The Crew
President - Jacqueline Connell
Connecticut Landscape Design School March 24-26
March in The Federation means another Landscape Design Study School is coming. Landscape Chair, Susan Laursen, and her committee will present Course I March 24-26. While the courses may be taken in any order, Course I is the perfect place to start. It covers such varied topics as the development of design, principles and elements of landscape design, including space and color, the site plan, the role of designers and available resources. We are delighted to be back in our "home away from home" at the CT Agricultural Experiment Station in New Haven. Join us and learn how to integrate effective design into your home landscape or a club or town project.
SAVE THE DATE: April 15 for FGCCT's Annual Meeting at Aqua Turf
Please attend the State Annual Meeting at Aqua Turf in Plantsville on April 15 to inaugurate our new State President, Jane Waugh, and her in-coming Administration.
We are most fortunate to have Candace Morgenstern as our featured program speaker. Candace brings both a wealth of experience and a fresh approach to Floral Design. For years a Judge and National Board Member, former State President of RI, a leader of the American delegation of the World Association of Flower Arrangers (WAFA), Candace is sure to dazzle us with her innovative arrangements. Don't miss this very special opportunity to experience one of the East Coast's most accomplished designers.
Share the Best of Yourself: Be a Mentor
Many of our clubs will be changing officers and committee chairs this spring. If you hold one of these key positions, please help create a smooth transition and a nurturing environment by serving as a Mentor to your successor. You have spent the last couple of years or more learning the "tricks of the trade," the intricacies of your particular office--these are rich and vital commodities. When you take your successor under your wing, you, your successor, and your club will all be winners.
Happy Vernal Equinox, Happy Spring!
* Jacqueline Connell
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